Sorry. I know I should be posting the final Seattle installment, but I can't. For many reasons. I will return to the subject again and give you the final verdict soon.
But I wanted to write a short blog post about something that moved me greatly yesterday. I've been in a pretty blah place recently. And it's become apparent that I sometimes (most of the time) see things half empty instead of half full. I doubt myself and generally lack self esteem. And it's been a long time since I felt shiny.
Then last night I watched 'The Wonders of the Universe' on BBC 2 with Professor Brian Cox. If you haven't see it, go to iplayer and watch both this episode and last weeks. It will blow your mind.
Firstly, the man (besides being fairly good looking and is able to play the piano and has a brain the size of the universe - stand in an orderly line ladies) is able to make complicated scientific things fascinating. He makes me want to go back to school and retake science, and believe me, science and I were not friends.
Anyway, last night's episode was called Stardust and the premise of it was that we are all made out of the exact same elements that stars are. In fact the elements that make up our bodies and our world are formed when a star dies. Carbon to iron - it all comes from the collapse of a star. Without a star dying, we wouldn't be here. You need to watch the show to understand it. But it made me think:
If we are really made out of stars, then we all have the ability to shine brightly.
From now on, whenever I'm feeling more black than white, more down than up, more can't than can, I'm going to remember that I am a star. I have all the chemical elements I need to sparkle. And without wanting to get completely yar-fully-hey-shoo-wow on you, we are literally children of the universe. How friggin awesome is that. And doesn't it make the fact that you have a teetering ironing pile pale into significance?
So if you're ever feeling low, just remember that you too are a star. Let yourself shine.